Crystallized: Celebrating 15 Years Of Rocket Recordings - Various Artists on Limited Edition Import 2LP
For the uninitiated the Bristol/London based Rocket Recordings has been releasing psych infused outsider music since its inception in 1998. Crystallized is a double LP of exclusive music from an eclectic mix of bands. Some are well established Rocket bands, some are good friends of the label and some of the groups you may not of heard of yet.
The compilation opens with the analogue drones from Rocket's Teeth of the Sea, who drop their trademark sound for an exploration in controlled noise. Following this perfect first track we have the "Aggro beat" of Blood Sport that sounds like his Heat meets Blurt meets Hookworms. London's Vision Fortune then deliver a stunning but very different take on their repetitive drone pop.
Side B starts with a looped, industrial, psych track from Salford's kosmiche ravers Gnod. Following them is a track of high octane motorik from the relatively unknown Swedish band Uran. Staying in Sweden, we have the mighty Hills who deliver a perfect slice of fuzz driven, commune psych rock. Side B finishes with a track that was meant to come out as a Rocket 7" back in 2001. Rollbars was a short lived project by Bristolian Latch Manghat.
The mighty Shit & Shine dominates side C with an uncompromising track that sounds like The Necks covered by The Buttholes. Then friend and collaborator of Rocket - Cherrystones presents a minimal psych groove that calls to mind early Achim Reichel. Side D opens with the label's favorite Italian band, The Lay LLamas - their track is a looping, spacey, afro, kraut groove that sounds very unique but strangely familiar.
Following that is Goat who have recorded a short studio jam, which adds a hint of Cologne to their Swedish voodoo psych. Finally we have Anthroprophh, which is a band featuring Paul Allen from The Heads, backed up with The fellow Bristolian's The Big Naturals. Together they create a full on repetitive, psych-noise monster that climaxes in a wall of heavy fuzz...the perfect way to end this heady compilation!